Agfa Introduces SnapScan 1236u Desktop Scanner; Agfa Incorporates USB Interface into its Award-Winning SnapScan 1236S.
WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 1999--
Agfa Desktop Products Group (USA-DTP), a leading provider of award-winning desktop scanners and digital cameras, introduces the SnapScan 1236u - a 36-bit, 600 X 1200 dpi, USB-compatible flatbed color scanner designed for SOHO Soho (sōhō`, sə–), district of Westminster, London, England, known for its continental restaurants. Once a fashionable quarter, it became popular among writers and artists in the 19th cent. and professional applications. The technical specifications of the SnapScan 1236u mirror those of the SnapScan 1236S - its award-winning SCSI SCSI
in full Small Computer System Interface
Once common standard for connecting peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, etc.) to small and medium-sized computers. SCSI has given way to faster standards, such as Firewire and USB. predecessor.
The SnapScan 1236u brings the small and home office user the capability of powerful image capture, yet is priced to accommodate businesses that operate on a limited budget. Affordably-priced, the level of scanning performance remains high.
The SnapScan 1236u incorporates the advantages of the widely acclaimed USB USB
in full Universal Serial Bus
Type of serial bus that allows peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, digitizers, data gloves, etc.) to be easily connected to a computer. interface with the award-winning features of the SnapScan 1236S. In addition, the SnapScan 1236u includes ScanWise, the revolutionary new scanner driver designed for Agfa's family of SnapScan scanners.
The specifications of the SnapScan 1236u and the SnapScan 1236S are identical - the differentiating factor between these two SnapScan units is the interface. The new SnapScan 1236u is fixed with universal serial bus See USB.
(hardware, standard) Universal Serial Bus - (USB) An external peripheral interface standard for communication between a computer and external peripherals over an inexpensive cable using biserial transmission. (USB) connector, a one-size-fits-all, plug and play connection. The SnapScan 1236S has a SCSI-II interface.
The SnapScan 1236u scanner features a 36-bit color depth Same as bit depth. (12 bits per color) and true 600 X 1200 optical resolution (can be interpolated interpolated /in·ter·po·lat·ed/ (in-ter´po-la?ted) inserted between other elements or parts. up to 9600 dpi). In addition, the SnapScan 1236u scanner includes a wide dynamic range and advanced editing tools for scanning a wide variety of originals.
The maximum scanning area of the SnapScan 1236u scanner is 8.5" x 11.7".
The SnapScan 1236u is available on both PC (Win 98 and Win NT 4.0) and Macintosh(TM)platforms.
ScanWise users will be impressed by the simplicity of the interface, which consists of four-tabbed menu cards on the left and a preview box to the right of the screen. The four-tabbed menu cards are logically ordered to lead the user through the simple scan process. The first determines the type of original to be scanned and the second incorporates the destination of the scan. The third menu allows automatic or manual color and tone changes while the fourth provides intuitive size settings.
In addition to ScanWise, other software packages bundled with the SnapScan scanners include: MicroFrontier Color it! (image editing software) and Caere OmniPage LE 5.1 (OCR OCR
in full optical character recognition
Scanning and comparison technique intended to identify printed text or numerical data. It avoids the need to retype already printed material for data entry. software) for the Mac, while PC versions will be bundled with Corel PrintHouse Magic (image editing and design software), Caere OmniPage LE 5.1 and Caere PageKeeper (document management software).
Pricing and Availability
The SnapScan 1236u will be available in the U.S. in October, for the suggested price of $199.
SnapScan 1236U Option
An optional automatic document feeder In multifunction or all-in-one printers, fax machines, photocopiers and scanners, Automatic Document Feeder or ADF is a feature which takes several pages and feeds the paper one page at a time into the scanner, allowing the user to scan (and thereby copy, print, or fax) (ADF (1) (Application Development Facility) An IBM programmer-oriented mainframe application generator that runs under IMS.
(2) (Automatic Document Feeder) A paper stacker that feeds one sheet of paper at a time into the unit. ) and transparency module (TPO (Twisted Pair Only) Refers to the use of twisted pair wire when other options are available. For example, a TPO suffix at the end of 3com Ethernet adapter model numbers indicates the card has only an RJ45 connector. ) further extend the scanner's professional capabilities. Both are currently available in the U.S., at the suggested price of $249 and $220, respectively.
Agfa Corporation is a subsidiary of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, one of the world's leading imaging companies, headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. Agfa develops, produces and markets analog and digital systems, primarily for the graphics, medical and industrial radiography, and consumer imaging and photography markets. Agfa Corporation, headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, employs 5,000 people. Worldwide, Agfa's annual sales are nearly $5 billion.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Color images of Agfa products are available for download from Agfa's press site on the World Wide Web at http://www.agfapress.com or by contacting Mandy Heikkila of Agfa DTP See desktop publishing.
DTP - desktop publishing at 978/658-5600, ext. 5651
Product and company information can be found on Agfa's home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.agfahome.com.